Learning Centers

Five Reasons Parents Choose Our Learning Centers

Child Care of Southwest Florida’s five early learning centers are each unique. However, they are united by our mission to strengthen and enhance the lives of children and families.

Here are the top five reasons parents choose our learning centers:

1

NAC
Accredited

2

Low
Student-to-Teacher
Ratio

3

Highly Trained
Educators

4

Play-Based
Creative
Curriculum

5

Nutritious Meals (breakfast, lunch,
and afternoon
snack)

The Five Star Advantage

Recognized for Excellence by the Early Learning Coalition

The Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida has awarded Child Care of Southwest Florida with a five-star rating for delivering an exceptional learning experience within the local community.

Southwest Florida Stars is a voluntary Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) used to improve and communicate the level of quality in early childhood programs. The rating of five stars indicates the highest quality in child care, and requires a rigorous application process that includes site visits and off-site data collection.

Child care facilities that participate in Southwest Florida Stars:

Provide safe and welcoming environment

Understand that learning begins at birth

Offer a variety of appropriate activities through which children learn and grow

Engage children in fun, “hands-on” learning experiences

Involve parents and families as their child’s first teacher

Are dedicated to offering the best in quality child care

Evaluate their program on an ongoing basis

Are committed to program improvement

Are knowledgeable about early child education best practices

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One of our five affordable early childhood education centers, Children’s Garden of LaBelle Child Care of Southwest Florida Center is located at 88 S. Main Street in LaBelle, Florida at 33935.

Children’s Garden
of LaBelle

88 S. Main St.
LaBelle, FL 33935

Yadira Lorenzo
863-675-3311

One of Child Care of Southwest Florida’s five affordable early childhood education centers, the Joseph H. Messina Children’s Center is located at 4650 Fowler Street in Fort Myers at 33907

Joseph H. Messina
Children’s Center

4650 Fowler Street
Fort Myers, FL 33907

Yolanda Vargas
239-278-1148

One of Child Care of Southwest Florida’s five affordable early childhood education centers, the P.A. Geraci Child Development Center is located at 3713 Canal Street in Fort Myers at 33916.

P.A. Geraci Child Development Center

3713 Canal Street
Fort Myers, FL 33916

Katrana Williams
239-337-4995

One of Child Care of Southwest Florida’s five affordable early childhood education centers, The Children’s Learning Center is located at 37 Barkley Circle in Fort Myers at 33907.

The Children’s
Learning Center

37 Barkley Circle
Fort Myers, FL 33907

Martha Kebhart
239-267-1136

One of Child Care of Southwest Florida’s five affordable early childhood education centers, The Community Children’s Center is located at 1260 Wings Way in Lehigh Acres at 33936.

The Community
Children’s Center

1260 Wings Way
Lehigh Acres, FL 33936

Megan Greeley-Gibson
239-369-2220

Children’s Garden of LaBelle

The Children’s Garden of LaBelle provides a full-day early learning program for children between the ages of one and five. A close-knit family devoted to quality, we are proud to maintain the smallest student-to-teacher ratio of all our child care centers. Y se habla español!

  • School Readiness Vouchers
  • Nutritious meals and snacks through the USDA Food Program
  • The only Platinum-Level, Asthma-Friendly Child Care Center in LaBelle, as
    awarded by the Florida Asthma Coalition
  • Scholarships available

Location
88 S. Main St., LaBelle, FL 33935

Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Ages: 6 weeks through 5 years old

License Number: C20HE0022
 863-675-3311
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Yadira Lorenzo Center Director Children’s Garden of LaBelle Child Care of Southwest Florida
“It is my hope that every child in my care will develop good self-esteem and independence, so that they become helpful, healthy members of our community.”

Yadira Lorenzo
Center Director

Joseph H. Messina Children’s Center

The Joseph H. Messina Children’s Center provides parents with a safe, nurturing environment for their little ones. Children are encouraged to participate in the learning process to practice good observation skills and grow their love for learning. The center’s community garden produces fresh vegetables, which is a great learning opportunity to teach young minds about nutrition, healthy food, teamwork, and sustainability. We also offer free VPK child care, available both before and after school.

Location:
4650 Fowler Street, Fort Myers, FL 33907

Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Ages: 1 year to 8 years

License Number: C20LE9916
 239-278-1148
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Joseph H. Messina Children Center Director Yolanda Vargas at Child Care of Southwest Florida
“I joined Child Care of Southwest Florida in 2007. I am passionate about early childhood development and learning, with more than three decades of experience working for established child care centers.”

Yolanda Vargas
Center Director

P.A. Geraci Child Development Center

The P.A. Geraci Child Development Center is uncompromising when it comes to quality. Located in the Dunbar area of Fort Myers, the P.A. Geraci Child Development Center offers one of the best early learning programs in the area. Your child is the priority, and we have fun along the way. Children are given every opportunity to reach their greatest potential by engaging in play-based learning activities that reflect their interests, stimulate their imaginations, and strengthen their social, academic, language, problem-solving, and motor skills.

Location
3713 Canal Street, Fort Myers, FL 33916

Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Ages: 6 weeks to 8 years

License Number: C20LE9922
 239-337-4995
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“As the center’s director, I take great pride in knowing that we strive for excellence and quality in child care. We promote a cooperative spirit, and our wonderful staff is dedicated and truly amazing at what they do.”

Katrana Williams
Center Director

The Children’s Learning Center

A family-oriented operation, The Children’s Learning Center offers a high- quality early education, and our teachers are passionate about your children’s growth and development into successful adults. We are a Certified Nature- Explore® Classroom. Plus, the center’s recent move to Barkley Circle in Fort Myers means your child will be enjoying a secure, home-like space complete with an impressive outdoor playground.

Location
37 Barkley Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33907

Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Ages: 6 weeks to 8 years

License Number: C20LE0211
 239-267-1136
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The Children’s Learning Center Director Martha Kebhart at Child Care of Southwest Florida
“I have been employed by Child Care of Southwest Florida since 1976 – first in the classroom, and then as a director. Shaping children’s lives is part of what makes me the person that I am.”

Martha Kebhart
Center Director

The Community Children’s Center

At The Community Children’s Center, we believe an early education is the foundation for a strong sense of community. The success of each child’s learning experience is dependent upon the relationship between staff, family, and children – we are dedicated to providing a safe and educational environment that fosters our children’s growth for a lifetime of learning.

Location
1260 Wings Way, Lehigh Acres, FL 33936

Hours: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Ages: 6 weeks through 8 years old

License Number: C20LE6635
 239-369-2220
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News from The Community Children’s Center 

The Community Children’s Center Director Megan Greeley-Gibson
“I lead an amazing team of teachers and staff who are as dedicated as I am to providing a ‘home away from home’ and a fun environment for everyone. It has been a pleasure to work with the children and families in our community, and as a team we are committed to providing a high-quality early childhood program to all families we serve.”

Megan Greeley-Gibson
Center Director

Young boy engages in a play-based learning activity with a paper bag mask.
The success of this smiling young girl’s early childhood learning experience is dependent on the relationship between staff, family and children.
It’s proven that children learn by playing, which is why this young child is using red fingerpaint during an early childhood learning experience at Child Care of Southwest Florida.
Child Care of Southwest Florida uses play-based learning activities like this young toddler’s paper towel rolls to stimulate children’s imaginations and strengthen their academic skills.